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  • Paul Pierce (knee) traveling w/ Wizards
    Paul Pierce (bruised knee) is traveling with the Wizards for Wednesday's game in New York.

    Advice: Whether he plays is another question, but the injury doesn't seem serious enough to jeopardize his availability on opening night. He'll have a healthy role in the Wizards' offense, especially while Bradley Beal is out, and he's a safe target in the late rounds.
    13 minutes ago
  • John Wall (knee) will return Wed. in New York
    John Wall (left knee tendinitis) said that he'll play in Wednesday's exhibition.

    Advice: He could have played on Monday but rested as a precaution, which was a big reason reserve guard Garrett Temple logged 42 minutes. Wall is coming off a career-best year with averages of 19.3 points, 1.3 triples, 4.1 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.8 steals, racking up first-round fantasy value with zero DNPs all season.
    23 minutes ago
  • Anthony Bennett (knee) expects to play Tue.
    Anthony Bennett (sore knee) expects to play vs. the Pacers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) is also returning to action, leaving Minnesota with a blank injury report for the first time this preseason. Bennett's backup role makes him someone to avoid in 12-team fantasy leagues, but he's worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses.
    31 minutes ago
  • Deron Williams will sit out vs. Celtics
    Deron Williams will not travel with the Nets for Wednesday's game in Boston.

    Advice: This is purely a precaution. His ankles have held up well through five preseason games, and he's looked very good in 25.8 minutes per game. Injury concerns have knocked his ADP down to 33.3 in 9-cat Yahoo! leagues, just behind Ty Lawson and ahead of Dwyane Wade.
    36 minutes ago
  • Al Jefferson rests w/ left ankle soreness
    Al Jefferson rested on Monday in part due to left ankle soreness.

    Advice: Although this doesn't sound serious, it's an ominous report considering the early months of his 2013-14 season were plagued by a sprained right ankle. Jefferson's health is essential for the Hornets' chances of building on last year's playoff run and they'll be extra cautious with their 265-pound center, but at the moment there are zero indications that he's in danger of missing the season opener.
    45 minutes ago
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) ruled out vs. Blazers
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) will not play vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He left Saturday's game with "tightness" in his hamstring and this doesn't appear to be a serious injury. Nevertheless, mounting health concerns are enough to knock Lawson down a peg in fantasy drafts. A serious ankle injury suffered last May prevented him from running until July and it caused the Nuggets "some concern" as recently as mid-October.
    Today, 11:43 am
  • Festus Ezeli (shin) probable for Tuesday
    Festus Ezeli (shin) will play in Tuesday's exhibition vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Steve Kerr said he'll deploy Ezeli late in the second quarter, and he's unlikely to play more than a handful of minutes in his first game since May of 2013. His return has no impact in typical fantasy leagues, but it's great news for the Warriors in reality -- Andrew Bogut is a constant injury risk and Jermaine O'Neal is gone, so Ezeli provides much-needed depth at center.
    Today, 11:38 am
  • Brandon Rush (back spasms) out vs. Clippers
    Brandon Rush (back spasms) won't play in Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers, and he'll be re-evaluated in one week.

    Advice: His back flared up during each of the Warriors' past two exhibitions, and his status for opening night is unclear. Golden State has enough depth on the wings that Andre Iguodala could fill a bench role, and there's no reason to touch Rush on draft day.
    Today, 11:35 am
  • Celtics likely to waive G Will Bynum
    Will Bynum's agent is working with the Celtics to find a suitable trade, failing which Bynum is expected to be waived.

    Advice: The 31-year-old Bynum is recovering from a strained hamstring and hasn't even joined the Celtics for training camp. "It’s a tough time of year to make a trade," a league source told the Boston Herald. "Teams are still trying to get used to their rosters, see what they have. Most likely [the Celtics] will have to waive him." No matter where he lands, Bynum will fill a fantasy-irrelevant bench role.
    Today, 11:27 am
  • Hawks waive C Dexter Pittman
    Hawks waive C Dexter Pittman.

    Advice: Pittman, who won a championship with the Heat in 2011-12, was never expected to make Atlanta's final roster. He played nine minutes in his lone preseason appearance and will likely spend his days overseas or in the D-League this year.
    Today, 11:18 am
  • C.J. Watson will not play Tuesday night
    C.J. Watson (sore right foot) will not play in Tuesday's exhibition game against Minnesota.

    Advice: It's worth noting that Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that Watson would be able to play if it were the regular season. While Watson isn't the best option in standard fantasy leagues, he should see enough minutes at both guard spots to be a worthy late-round flier in deeper leagues.
    Today, 10:55 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad expected to play Tuesday
    Shabazz Muhammad (achilles) is expected to play in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Muhammad has only played one game during the preseason, so it will be good to see him back on the court for the first time since October 7. While Muhammad should see minutes at both forward spots this year, his paltry stats don't warrant fantasy consideration outside of deeper leagues.
    Today, 10:40 am
  • Steve Clifford says Al Jefferson is locked in
    Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson is locked in and excited to start the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: Clifford also added that, in his opinion, the most important thing to motivate players in the NBA is how good they think the team can be. After making the playoffs last season, things are looking up for Big Al and the former Bobcats with the addition of Lance Stephenson, Marvin Williams, and Brian Roberts to their roster. Jefferson had a breakout season in 2013-14 as he averaged 25.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the All-Star break and fantasy owners shouldn't let him fall past the top-20 on draft day.
    Today, 10:25 am
  • Jose Calderon hopes to play on Wednesday
    Jose Calderon (calf) said his injury is nothing to worry about and that he hopes to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Calderon left Monday's exhibition against the Bucks with a strained calf, but this doesn't sound like anything fantasy owners should be worried about. While the 33-year-old isn't the most exciting fantasy option, he's a solid late-round selection considering starting point guards don't grow on trees.
    Today, 10:15 am
  • Anthony Davis practicing on Tuesday
    Anthony Davis (wrist) was participated in Tuesday's practice with his right wrist wrapped.

    Advice: The sound you hear is fantasy owners breathing a sigh of relief as the fact that Davis is practicing the day after injuring his wrist is promising news. Davis has been a consensus top-3 pick in fantasy drafts this year and owners who like to draft high-upside players should have no issue with taking the 21-year-old with the No. 1 overall pick.
    Today, 10:06 am
  • James Harden committed to playing better D
    James Harden said he's committed to being a better defensive player this season.

    Advice: With Harden's defense (or lack thereof) a common topic in NBA circles, the 25-year-old is committed to silencing his critics this season. "It's not a matter of whether I can or can't play defense," Harden said. "It's just a matter of me focusing for 48 minutes throughout a game and making sure that I'm always alert on both ends of the floor. It's up to me to go out there and show my leadership, to show that I can play both ends of the floor at a high level and just do it." Harden's defense shouldn't be of much to concern to fantasy owners as his 2013-14 averages of 25.4 points, 4.7 rebounds. 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers make him an easy selection in the middle of the first round.
    Today, 9:58 am
  • Russell Westbrook aims to play 82 games
    Russell Westbrook said he is aiming to play a full 82-game schedule this season.

    Advice: After saying that he'd have no restrictions on playing back-to-backs this season, Westbrook added, "Since I've been hurt I know what it feels like to not play. So now I just want to play every game. At this point, I like 82 games." Despite only playing 46 games due to knee injuries last season, Westbrook has played 82 games in four of his six NBA seasons. With Kevin Durant likely to miss at least the first month of the regular season, Westbrook will have a chance to put up huge numbers and should be mid-first round fantasy pick on draft day.
    Today, 9:50 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki working on quicker release
    Dirk Nowitzki said that he is working on adding a quicker release to his shot.

    Advice: As Nowitski enters his 17th NBA season, he'll need to make adjustments to keep playing at a high level and adjusting his shot served as low-hanging fruit. "It wasn't going to be running quicker or jumping higher," Nowitzki said. "So I figured I'd work on something that I can control." While the 36-year-old has consistently returned first-round fantasy value, he's a much safer pick towards the end of the second round or beginning of the third round.
    Today, 9:20 am
  • Celtics waive F Christian Watford
    Celtics waive F Christian Watford.

    Advice: In a move that won't cause even the smallest of ripples across the fantasy basketball landscape, the Celtics have parted ways with the Indiana University alum, according to head coach Brad Stevens. While the 23-year-old could still hook on with an NBA team at some point this season, he's not a player who fantasy owners need to store in their memory banks.
    Today, 8:51 am
  • John Lucas III close to signing with Wizards
    The Washington Wizards are close to signing G John Lucas III, according to league sources.

    Advice: With Brad Beal set to miss six weeks, Lucas would provide the Wizards with some much-need backcourt depth. The 31-year-old owns career averages of just 4.8 points, 1.0 boards, and 1.4 assists, so his fantasy value is essentially non-existent if and when he signs with the Wizards.
    Today, 7:28 am
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  • Amare Stoudemire rediscovering basketball joy
    Amare Stoudemire said he has rediscovered his love of basketball.

    Advice: Stoudemire has dealt with injuries for the better part of three seasons, but the 32-year-old feels like he's turned a corner. "My joy is there. My love of the game is there," said Stoudemire. "I feel like I’m 19 again as far as how much I love to play the game of basketball. I feel youthful. To have that type of feeling again as I had my rookie year, to want to play and just want to be out there and get better as a player is pretty encouraging." STAT should have a better season than the 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds that he averaged in 2013-14, but his fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues at the moment.
    Today, 7:15 am
  • Gerald Wallace expecting diminished role
    Gerald Wallace is expecting to play less minutes this season and is willing to accept that role.

    Advice: After Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he's still trying to figure out what Wallace's role is, the 13-year veteran said he's willing to accept whatever role comes his way. "I’m here for supportive veteran leadership. Whatever the coach needs me to do," Wallace said. "We’ve already talked about it. I’m in a position where I’m comfortable with it." With Jeff Green, Evan Turner, and James Young crowding the Celtics' wing, Wallace likely won't see enough minutes to provide fantasy value in standard leagues this season.
    Today, 6:11 am
  • Mavericks waive F Eric Griffin
    Mavericks waive F Eric Griffin.

    Advice: Griffin had been competing for one of the Mavericks' final roster spots after a strong showing at Las Vegas Summer League, but it looks like he's reached the end of the line in Dallas. While the 24-year-old may hook on with another team, he won't provide much fantasy value to owners in standard leagues.
    Today, 6:04 am
  • Anderson looks good in preseason win
    Kyle Anderson started with multiple Spurs starters out in Monday's 106-99 exhibition win over the Kings, scoring 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with five rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: It's not fair but Anderson falling to the Spurs looks like another win for the organization. He won't have any fantasy value to start the year but keep his name in your mental Rolodex for down the line.
    Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Gay (ankle) having shot selection issues
    Rudy Gay (ankle) got back on the floor in Monday's preseason game against the Spurs, scoring 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting (10-of-12 FTs) with seven rebounds and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: This wasn't a bad line but it was worth noting that Gay was taking bad shots that have characterized 'Bad Rudy' in past years. Isaiah Thomas kept him from doing that, but he's no longer there and prospective owners should keep in mind that his field goal percentage could slip this year.
    Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Horford up to 24 minutes in Monday's game
    Al Horford played 24 minutes in the Hawks' 117-114 overtime win in Monday's exhibition against the Hornets, scoring 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Horford continues to slowly ramp up his minutes and if all goes well he'll be able to show he's 100 percent healthy at some point this week. Expecting him to roll right into his top-end productivity levels is a bit optimistic, but he should settle in eventually and secure early round value.
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki plays 23 minutes on Monday
    Dirk Nowitzki returned from a one-game absence with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer on Monday.

    Advice: He just got some rest and he's been over his hip injury for over a week. Nowitzki isn't the sexiest pick you can make, but he is a very safe guy to grab at the turn of the second and third rounds.
    Yesterday, 8:49 pm
  • All Clear: Anthony Davis says wrist is 'fine'
    Anthony Davis said his sprained right wrist is "fine" and that he wanted to return to the Monday's exhibition game.

    Advice: All clear, as expected. Davis wanted to return but Monty Williams held him out, and as writers said at the time he never appeared to be in pain. Owners can continue drafting him anywhere between No. 1 and 3 with visions of untold fantasy greatness.
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Anthony Davis suffers sprained right wrist
    Anthony Davis suffered a sprained right wrist in Monday's preseason game and will not return.

    Advice: That's probably doubtful and let's say right off the bat that the beat writers are saying he doesn't appear to be in any pain. We'll update you as soon as we get a handle on this and owners should keep the needle still until we hear of a legitimate reason to be concerned.
    Yesterday, 6:01 pm
  • Calderon leaves game with strained right calf
    Jose Calderon left Monday's exhibition with a strained right calf and did not return.

    Advice: Fisher said that injury is not serious and this will be one of many updates like this tonight.
    Yesterday, 5:05 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire will start at center vs. MIL
    Amare Stoudemire will start at center vs. the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: Stoudemire is likely to be rested in back-to-back sets this season, and with minimal contributions to the box score, he's just not worth drafting in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 4:00 pm
  • Paul Pierce (rest/knee) out Monday vs. NO
    Paul Pierce (rest/knee) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Pierce had a hard fall during Friday's preseason game, and he did not participate in Sunday's practice, but the injury is not considered serious. Pierce should be ready to go for opening night, and he's shaping up to be a great value pick in the later rounds of standard leagues for his ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet.
    Yesterday, 3:55 pm
  • John Wall (knee tendinitis) out Monday vs. NO
    John Wall (left knee tendinitis) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans, but head coach Randy Wittman expects him to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Wall has dealt with tendinitis in his left knee for a few years now, but it didn't cause him to miss a single game last season. Given the fact that Wittman expects Wall to return to practice on Tuesday, we're not considering this to be a serious issue, and the Wizards are likely just being cautious with their star point guard. Wall led the league in total assists last season, and added a 3-point shot to his game. He's well worth a look towards the end of the first round in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 3:25 pm
  • Al Jefferson (rest) out Monday vs. Atlanta
    Al Jefferson (rest) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition game vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Big Al is one of the best centers in the league, and he averaged 24.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the break last season while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. He's the Hornets' No. 1 option on offense, and is worthy of a top-20 selection on draft day.
    Yesterday, 3:10 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) still not 100 percent
    Gerald Wallace (knee) divulged that he still feels pain when trying to explode off his surgically repaired left knee, and admitted he's currently not capable of playing major minutes.

    Advice: "I don’t feel myself at 100 percent," said Wallace. "I’m still battling, trying to get my knee back to where I want it to be. At this point I don’t feel like I can play 30 or 40 minutes right now, with my knee the way it is. I’m still a work in progress of getting myself back to 100 percent so I’m comfortable with it." It's been injury after injury with Wallace, and after averaging 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds with the Celtics last season, he's just not worth drafting anymore in any format.
    Yesterday, 1:46 pm
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) not likely for Tuesday
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) is not expected to suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. Portland.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, and the team is likely just being cautious with their star point guard. Lawson averaged 17.6 points, 8.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers, 1.6 steals, and 3.2 turnovers with the Nuggets last season, but there is some concern that he is an injury risk as he was only able to suit up for 62 games. Lawson is a bit of a risk/reward pick this season, and news of this hamstring injury, regardless of its seriousness, could see him fall down a bit on owners’ draft boards.
    Yesterday, 1:04 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire to get recover days
    Amare Stoudemire will not have a minutes limit but will have regular recovery days this season.

    Advice: Basically, he's not going to play in back-to-back sets here and there. Stoudemire had a minutes limit last year and it worked out very well for him, avoiding injury for much of the year. Still, he's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 7:40 am
  • Brandon Rush leaves w/ aggravated lower back
    Brandon Rush sat out the second half of Sunday's game due to spasms in his lower back.

    Advice: Rush tweaked his back on Friday and may need a few more days to recover, but at least the injury doesn't sound serious. Reconstructive knee surgery has derailed his career but he's looking to make a comeback with Golden State this season, and the injury risk combined with a bench role is enough reason to avoid him in fantasy leagues.
    Sunday, 10:39 pm
  • James Harden sinks 2-of-12 FGs, 10-of-11 FTs
    James Harden finished Sunday's game with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, making 10-of-11 FTs but only 2-of-12 FGs in 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: He missed a few days with a minor hip injury but looked good vs. the Warriors, and the injury isn't a concern heading into the regular season. Harden vowed to improve his defense this year but fantasy owners will be happy if he keeps up the offensive fireworks -- he's averaged at least 25 points, 2.3 triples and 5.8 assists during his two seasons with Houston, while racking up phenomenal weighted-FT percentages.
    Sunday, 7:55 pm
  • Anthony Bennett leaves early w/ sore knee
    Anthony Bennett struggled in 11 minutes on Sunday before sitting out due to a sore knee.

    Advice: He went 0-of-2 from the field with two rebounds and one steal in limited action. His knee injury doesn't sound serious but it's one more obstacle between Bennett and meaningful fantasy value. He's not a recommended fantasy target while Andrew Wiggins and Thaddeus Young are both healthy.
    Sunday, 7:13 pm
  • Russell Westbrook w/ apparent wrist injury
    Russell Westbrook (wrist) scored 11 points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal before exiting Sunday's game after 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Westbrook seemed to tweak his wrist just before exiting, but there are no indications that it's a meaningful injury. He shot 3-of-12 from the field with five turnovers against a makeshift Wolves' starting lineup, so it wasn't his finest hour.
    Sunday, 6:07 pm
  • Deron Williams plays well in start Sunday
    Deron Williams posted 16 points and added three rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 25 minutes Sunday.

    Advice: He looked good tonight, apart from the four turnovers, and the Nets are really going to have to rely on him to lead the team this year. Williams is one of the most injury-prone players in the league and has battled ankle injuries for many years now, but if he can stay healthy, he could have a big year. If you are looking for a good risk/reward pick, you will have to gamble on him in the third or fourth round.
    Sunday, 2:49 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) out again Sunday
    Shabazz Muhammad's sore Achilles tendon will sideline him again on Sunday.

    Advice: He's been out for over a week but recently shed his protective boot, so he's likely to play in at least one preseason game. The Wolves picked up his $2.1 million option for next season and he should play backup minutes at both SF and PF this year, but there's too much depth in Minnesota to rely on him as a fantasy option.
    Sunday, 2:49 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) returns on Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) returned to action during the NBA's first 44-minute game but went scoreless in five minutes.

    Advice: The man they call Crash is finally getting over a bruised knee but he won't have a big enough role on this Celtics team to matter in almost any format. Ignore Wallace on draft day.
    Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad has team option exercised
    Shabazz Muhammad had his team option exercised on Sunday.

    Advice: He has shown some immaturity early on in his NBA career, but still has plenty of time to turn it around. Muhammad lost some weight this offseaason, but an achilles injury is currently hampering his fight for minutes at the SF position. He is not on the fantasy radar except for in deep leagues.
    Sunday, 12:17 pm
  • Anthony Bennett has team option exercised.
    Anthony Bennett had his team option exercised on Sunday.

    Advice: Bennett was one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory last season, but we do have to remember that he was playing with a shoulder injury. He looked great in both summer league as well as preseason, but will find minutes tough to come by behind a talented Thaddeus Young. He is nothing more than a deep league asset at the moment.
    Sunday, 12:13 pm
  • Paul Pierce (knee bruise) held out Sunday
    Paul Pierce (knee bruise) was held out of practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during Friday's game and was eventually cleared to return. He's not expected to play in Monday's exhibition but should be ready to go for the season opener, and his 3-point shooting alone makes him a solid pick in the later rounds.
    Sunday, 11:40 am
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) available on Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) will be available for Sunday's game vs. Brooklyn.

    Advice: Wallace hasn't had a fantasy relevant season since 2012, and we're not expecting a sudden turnaround. He's extremely injury prone, and just isn't capable of putting up meaningful stat lines anymore. Feel free to ignore Wallace in all formats come draft day.
    Sunday, 6:32 am
  • Report: Will Bynum may never suit up for BOS
    If the Celtics cannot trade Will Bynum, it is very likely that they will waive him, according to sources.

    Advice: The Celtics are looking for a trade to either improve their team, or create more roster flexibility for the future, but Bynum doesn't look to be a part of their future plans. It's unlikely that Bynum finds himself in a situation this season where he will have any fantasy value, and he can be ignored in all leagues come draft day.
    Sunday, 6:16 am
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) can't finish Sat. game
    Ty Lawson could not finish Saturday's game due to a tight hamstring.

    Advice: Uh oh. It doesn't sound serious and at least it's not to his ankle, but any Lawson injury will trigger the alarm bells. He did have a hamstring injury last season, so this is not something to ignore. He's probably not worth drafting in the top 30 anymore. And if he's going to miss time, Randy Foye will suddenly become quite relevant in fantasy.
    Saturday, 10:03 pm
  • Brandon Rush says he's fine on Saturday
    Brandon Rush said on Saturday that he's fine after his back injury on Friday.

    Advice: He said he originally hurt it while doing some weight lifting and he's questionable for Sunday. Rush has no fantasy value.
    Saturday, 9:09 pm
  • Kyle Anderson steps up on Saturday
    Kyle Anderson looked great in the starting lineup against the Heat on Saturday with 17 points, seven boards, four assists, two 3-pointers and two turnovers on 4-of-9 from the field.

    Advice: He was really crafty tonight and started off hot with his two 3-pointers to start the game. Anderson could get in the rotation to start the season with Kawhi Leonard (eyes) up in the air for the opener. He's still not worth drafting in most leagues.
    Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • Al Horford plays 21 minutes vs. Detroit
    Al Horford played 21 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday, scoring 12 points with six boards, four assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: His minutes are steadily rising and he should be close to 100 percent for the regular season. If Horford stays healthy, he could be a first-round asset. He shouldn't go past 30 in your draft and there's nothing wrong with taking him in the teens.
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Rudy Gay (left ankle) out on Saturday night
    Rudy Gay (left ankle) will not play on Saturday night.

    Advice: There is no word the severity of the injury, but we'd guess it's minor right now. Gay is going to handle the ball a little more with Isaiah Thomas in Phoenix, which could be a bad thing. He's an early-middle round guy and we'll keep you posted on the details of his injury. Omri Casspi is starting tonight.
    Saturday, 5:52 pm
  • Mavericks resting just about everyone vs. IND
    Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Tyson Chandler, Chandler Parsons, Jameer Nelson and Devin Harris are resting against the Pacers.

    Advice: Dirk is believed to be fine and he's over his hip injury from earlier this month. Fantasy owners can target him at the turn of the second and third rounds.
    Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • C.J. Watson will not play on Saturday night
    C.J. Watson (foot) will not play on Saturday night.

    Advice: He's dealt with his sore foot for a while, but it's not considered serious. Watson should get minutes at both guard spots and is on the radar in deeper leagues.
    Saturday, 2:37 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) expected to play Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) is expected to be ready to suit up on Sunday against Brooklyn.

    Advice: He is recovering from a bone bruise in his knee and looks like he is ready to join the fight for rotational minutes at SF and PF for the Celtics. He isn't going to have a large enough role to matter in most leagues so he is not worth drafting in almost any format.
    Saturday, 1:32 pm
  • Will Bynum (hamstring) out for preseason
    Will Bynum (hamstring) is expected to miss the last two preseason games for the Boston Celtics.

    Advice: There is still a very good chance that he gets waived by the Celtics if they can't strike another deal to move him. At this point, Bynum has almost no fantasy value until his situation changes.
    Saturday, 1:06 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire doesn't practice Saturday
    Amare Stoudemire, Travis Outlaw, and Andrea Bargnani all did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It appears to be a rest situation for all three forwards. Bargnani, who is also nursing a hamstring injury, looks to have lost his shot at a starting job while Stoudemire just might not have the stamina to earn one either.
    Saturday, 10:30 am
  • Bennett double-doubles off the bench
    Anthony Bennett double-doubled off the bench in Friday's preseason loss, scoring 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting with 11 rebounds, two steals and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Bennett is buried in a crowded frontcourt and these preseason lines grow on trees, but a year ago he wouldn't have sniffed a night like this. It appears like he's turning the page on a disastrous rookie campaign, but Dynasty owners may want to look for further proof of life before investing too much into his future.
    Friday, 9:33 pm
  • Rush misses second half with back spasms
    Brandon Rush exited Friday's preseason game against the Heat before the second half due to back spasms and did not return.

    Advice: Rush is on the long road back from a serious knee injury and as a result tightness due to game action isn't too surprising. His services are particularly valuable to the Warriors while Shaun Livingston gets back on track from a toe injury.
    Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Pierce calls it an early night after scare
    Paul Pierce hit the ground hard just before halftime of Friday's exhibition and started clutching his knee, but after being assisted to the locker room he was cleared to return to the game.

    Advice: Per the TV broadcast, Pierce parlayed the situation into an early shower and a head start on Friday night's activities. If you ever see him writhing around in pain, chances are he's going to emerge from the locker room and lay the hammer down.
    Friday, 6:03 pm
  • Paul Pierce will play on Friday vs. Hornets
    Paul Pierce will suit up for Friday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Pierce was rested during Wednesday's exhibition, but he'll make a return to the lineup on Friday. Pierce's ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet make him a viable option, and he figures to be a value pick late in drafts.
    Friday, 3:26 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire bathes in red wine
    Amare Stoudemire bathes in red wine to help his body rejuvenate.

    Advice: "The red wine bath is very important to me because it allows me to create more circulation in my red blood cells," Stoudemire said after completing a three-hour practice with the Knicks on Thursday. "Plus, it's very hot, so it's like a hot tub. But it's also the red wine ... just kind of soothes the body." Interesting... however with Stoudemire's minutes likely to be limited this season, as well as the potential for him to be rested in back-to-back sets, he's not a very appealing fantasy option in standard leagues.
    Friday, 2:05 pm
  • Al Horford getting his confidence back
    Al Horford is feeling more confident on the court after two preseason games.

    Advice: "The second game I definitely had a breakthrough against the Bulls," Horford said Friday. "Mentally, I was in a much better place because I was more comfortable. The first game I was more tentative." The plan for Horford is to continue to play the remainder of the preseason in order to increase his game conditioning. It may take some time for Horford to dust off some of the rust, after spending most of last season on the sidelines, but his upside is first-round value.
    Friday, 1:06 pm
  • Celtics trade Joel Anthony for Will Bynum
    The Celtics have acquired Will Bynum (hamstring) in exchange for Joel Anthony in a trade on Friday.

    Advice: He was going to compete with D.J. Augustin for the backup point guard, but with rookie Spencer Dinwiddie already getting some 5-on-5 reps in, the Pistons aren't going to need Bynum nearly as much. He's likely just going to provide depth for the Celtics as a backup. Of course, the Celtics may end up waiving him and save $900K to get under the tax line this season.
    Friday, 6:54 am
  • Ty Lawson hands out 10 assists
    Ty Lawson handed out 10 assists against the Warriors on Thursday to go with eight points, one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did only shoot 1-of-8 from the field and he's in a mini-slump after a hot start. Lawson's production won't be the issue and all eyes will be on his ankles. His ceiling makes him a solid target in the third round.
    Thursday, 9:34 pm
  • Al Horford plays 16 minutes
    Al Horford played 16 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with four points, six boards, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He played 11 minutes in his debut on Tuesday and his minutes will likely rise leading up to start the season. Horford was putting up first-round value before his injury last season, so he's worth a look late in the second round if you're feeling saucy. He shouldn't slip out of the third round in any league.
    Thursday, 9:00 pm
  • Anthony Davis looks amazing again
    Anthony Davis looked dominant against the Thunder on Thursday, making 10-of-15 from the field for 28 points with eight rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He's good at basketball.
    Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • James Harden (hip) practices on Thursday
    James Harden (hip) participated in Rockets practice on Thursday.

    Advice: This is good news for the Rockets as a sore hip has kept their leading scorer out of action for the past few days. Harden never seemed to be in any danger of missing time during the regular season and should be a first-round pick in fantasy drafts.
    Thursday, 1:59 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad out of boot
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) was out of his walking boot on Thursday.

    Advice: He's also at 215 pounds, which is down from 242 from last year. Muhammad will likely sit out Friday's preseason action, but could play on Sunday and will get minutes at both forward spots. He doesn't really fill a stat sheet and is not a fantasy option in most leagues.
    Thursday, 10:37 am
  • Russell Westbrook getting Thursday night off
    Russell Westbrook (rest) will not play against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: He's going to be a huge part of the OKC offense and will play on Friday night. Westbrook only played about 10 percent of his playing time without Kevin Durant, so he'll have to adapt to a new role. If he can stay healthy, he'll have a chance to put up huge numbers.
    Thursday, 10:33 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki favors shortened NBA season
    Dirk Nowitzki would like to see the NBA regular season schedule trimmed from 82 games.

    Advice: Piggybacking on comments by Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, Dirk said he thinks the regular season schedule should be cut to the "mid-60s." Nowitzki then added his biggest issue is back-to-backs, "Honestly, I never was a big fan of back-to-backs even when I was 20 years old. I think that you should never have to play at the highest level there is two consecutive nights and flying in between." While his suggestion would go a long way towards helping the 36-year-old, he's still worth a late-second, early-third round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues.
    Thursday, 7:40 am
  • Paul Pierce getting some rest on Wed.
    Paul Pierce will be rested against Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is not injured and tonight will allow the younger guys to get more minutes. Pierce will see minutes in the mid-20s this year, but he could still put up mid-round value while he's active.
    Wednesday, 2:37 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) still in a boot
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) is still in a walking boot.

    Advice: He is expected to return to practice on Thursday and could play in a game on Sunday. Muhammad dropped some weight in the offseason, which is encouraging because he was in the news for the wrong reasons during his first summer as a rookie. He's only an option in very deep leagues.
    Wednesday, 11:49 am
  • Al Horford (chest) feels fine after debut
    Al Horford said that he was "not sore at all" after making his preseason debut on Tuesday, scoring two points in 11 minutes of action.

    Advice: "It's going to take a little bit of time to get back into that rhythm," Horford said after the game. "My whole focus is to keep improving each game." Horford hasn't played an NBA game last late December and he'll be scraping the rust off his game for weeks to come, but that shouldn't dissuade owners from drafting him in the 25-30 range.
    Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • Rudy Gay stuffs the stat sheet in OT defeat
    Rudy Gay filled up the stat sheet vs. Brooklyn on Wednesday with 21 points, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and four turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was averaging just 9.0 points on 30.0 percent shooting in two preseason games before this gem, which is a timely reminder of his fantasy upside. He's entering a contract year and should have no trouble matching last year's numbers with the Kings -- 20.1 points, 0.8 threes, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks.
    Wednesday, 8:15 am
  • Russell Westbrook double-doubles
    Russell Westbrook hit 6-of-10 shots for 14 points, three rebounds, 12 assists and seven turnovers in Tuesday's preseason win.

    Advice: Westbrook is going to be a beast as long as he can stay healthy, and many of tonight's TOs weren't his fault, as his teammates must have eaten some buttered popcorn prior to the game. He's still going to be a turnover machine, but most high-volume scorers are. Westbrook looks like a Top 5 pick with Kevin Durant expected to miss a couple months of action with a broken foot.
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Anthony Davis in midseason form in win
    Anthony Davis hit 9-of-11 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 26 points, eight rebounds, a steal and four blocks in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Dwight Howard and James Harden were out for the Rockets, but Davis is going to be dominant any time he's on the court this season. If you want to take him No. 1 overall with Kevin Durant down and out (foot), do it.
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Al Horford plays 11 min. in preseason debut
    Al Horford made his season debut on Tuesday after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in December of last year.

    Advice: He was very quiet, with just two points, one rebound and two assists in 11 minutes, but the news here is that he was healthy enough to play in an NBA game. That means he should be out there on opening night, barring a setback, but it could take him until Thanksgiving, or even Christmas, to get back to his old form. He's still a top fantasy center option, but he'll also come along with plenty of risk.
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Jose Calderon invisible on Tuesday
    Jose Calderon started and played 26 minutes on Tuesday, but missed both his shots and finished with zero points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals.

    Advice: Not one of his better nights, but the starting job is his and he's a very efficient point guard. Once you need a starting PG at the end of your draft, he'll be a no-brainer option.
    Tuesday, 6:54 pm
  • Festus Ezeli (shin) will not return this week
    Festus Ezeli (shin) practiced on Tuesday and was reportedly "flying on wind sprints," but he will not play in any preseason games this week.

    Advice: Ezeli's 2013-14 season was spoiled by knee surgery but it's been shin inflammation that's limited him during the preseason. He'll be relied upon to backup injury-prone Andrew Bogut this season, but isn't worth drafting with Bogut healthy to start the year.
    Tuesday, 1:09 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) likely out Friday
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) is wearing a protective boot and he's not expected to play in Friday's exhibition.

    Advice: Flip Saunders said that Muhammad will be out for a "few days" due to mild Achilles tendinitis, so this doesn't sound like a serious problem. He can't afford to lose any ground in the fight for minutes at SF and fantasy owners can safely ignore him on draft day.
    Tuesday, 11:46 am
  • Al Horford in starting lineup vs Heat Tuesday
    Al Horford (pectoral) is in the Hawks' starting lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Heat.

    Advice: This is the news that fantasy owners have been waiting for since the big man went down with a torn pectoral muscle on December 26, 2013. While the Hawks will likely ease Horford back into the action, he should be all systems go for the start of the regular season and is a solid late-second, early-third round pick in fantasy drafts after averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.5 blocks before getting hurt last year.
    Tuesday, 9:52 am
  • Lawson (ankle) logs 24 minutes on Monday
    Ty Lawson (ankle) played 24 minutes in Monday's preseason game, scoring two points on 1-of-3 shooting (0-for-4 FTs) with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Lawson has been playing through injuries dating back to his North Carolina days and his ankle will likely be an issue he deals with for the rest of his career, though it's too early to say with any certainty that it will be a major detriment this season. The Nuggets have a lot of depth at guard this season and an incremental downtick in minutes could make sense for all involved. Owners may want to bump Lawson slightly down due to his growing injury risk.
    Monday, 9:08 pm
  • Westbrook: 'I can't win games by myself'
    Russell Westbrook wants OKC to come together as a team in wake of Kevin Durant's (foot) injury.

    Advice: "It's not about me. It's about our team. I can't win games by myself. I can't do anything by myself," Westbrook said Monday. "I kind of want to take the attention off me and put it more on the team. Everybody keeps asking what I'm going to do and how I'm going to change. I think it's more about our team and what we can do." Westbrook is going to be asked to do a lot for the Thunder sans Durant, and he has the potential to lead the league in scoring while Durant is on the sidelines. Russell will be putting up some monster lines to start the 2014-15 season, and he's well worth a selection in the first round.
    Monday, 4:05 pm
  • Al Horford (pectoral) close to making debut
    Al Horford (pectoral) is targeting a return for one of the Hawks three upcoming preseason games.

    Advice: "I'll keep working," Horford said. "I'm pretty much in everything [in practice]. My whole thing is keep practicing, keep getting more comfortable with the guys and to be back playing period." Horford participated in most of the Hawks 5-on-5 scrimmage Monday, and it looks like he's targeting a return for either Tuesday vs. the Heat, Thursday vs. the Bulls, or Saturday vs. the Pistons.
    Monday, 1:24 pm
  • James Harden (hip) out Tuesday vs. Pelicans
    James Harden (hip) will not suit up for Tuesday's exhibition vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, but there's no reason to risk anything during the preseason, so he's not going to play. Harden averaged 25.4 points, 6.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 three-pointers, 3.6 turnovers, and 1.6 steals on 45.6 percent shooting from the field last season with the Rockets, and those numbers are worthy of a top-5 selection in any format.
    Oct 13, 12:41 pm
  • James Harden (hip) to sit out on Monday night
    James Harden (hip) will not play against the Suns on Monday.

    Advice: It sounds a lot like the hip injury Dirk Nowitzki just got over and Harden would probably be playing in a regular season game. He just has a bruise and he should be ready for game action by the end of next week. Harden is going to do a heck of of a lot for an up-tempo offense, so he should be off the board in the first five picks in standard drafts. Troy Daniels and Nick Johnson will get a little extra burn tonight.
    Oct 13, 9:06 am
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) out for two games
    Gerald Wallace (knee) will miss the next two games due to a knee injury.

    Advice: It's just a bone bruise and there doesn't appear to be anything wrong structurally. Wallace had knee surgery on his torn meniscus last season and he'll probably need some maintenance days throughout the year. He's not worth drafting in most fantasy leagues.
    Oct 13, 8:44 am
  • Dirk says he wouldn't have missed a reg. game
    Dirk Nowitzki said he wouldn't have missed any regular season action due to his hip injury.

    Advice: He missed Tuesday and Friday, but returned on Sunday and looked great. Nowitzki said he felt fine on Sunday and should be good to go the rest of the way. Fantasy owners can target him at the turn of the second and third rounds.
    Oct 13, 7:22 am
  • C.J. Watson scores 16 points off Indy's bench
    C.J. Watson (foot) made four 3-pointers in 26 bench minutes to finish Sunday's road loss with 16 points, three rebounds, five assists and one steal.

    Advice: The Pacers need Watson to be aggressive this season, and he's likely to have a green light offensively whenever he steps on the court. Deep-league owners should keep an eye on him as a dirt-cheap source of points, 3-pointers, assists and steals.
    Oct 12, 7:07 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki's hip not an issue vs. Pacers
    Dirk Nowitzki's bruised hip didn't prevent him from scoring 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting vs. the Pacers on Sunday, adding five rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: He sank two 3-pointers in just 19 minutes before sitting out the second half as a precaution, and he heads toward the regular season in great health. His minutes and shot attempts may take a minor dip this season with Chandler Parsons in the lineup, but Dirk remains a solid pick in the 20-30 range of all 8-cat and 9-cat leagues.
    Oct 12, 7:05 pm
  • Shaw: Ty Lawson's ankle causes 'some concern'
    Nuggets coach Brian Shaw admitted that there is "some concern" about Ty Lawson's ongoing left ankle injury, but he's not sure if he'll rest Lawson for any preseason games.

    Advice: "I haven't really been killing him in practice or even in games. I'm cognizant of [the injury]," Shaw said. "But once again, it's something that he's going to have to work himself through ... It's that fine line because you want guys to continue to build up their stamina and their conditioning and be sharp." Lawson, who injured his ankle late last season, is expected to wear a small brace as a precaution this year.
    Oct 12, 3:58 pm
  • James Harden rests bruised hip on Sunday
    James Harden rested his bruised hip during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: It wouldn't be surprising to see him skip Monday's exhibition as a precaution, but the injury is not a significant concern. Harden takes a ton of contact on a game-by-game basis, but he's averaged only 4.6 DNPs during his five-year career.
    Oct 12, 1:33 pm
  • Ty Lawson (ankle) sits out end of practice
    Ty Lawson (ankle) started Sunday's practice but he did not finish, leaving him questionable for Monday's road game in Chicago.

    Advice: Lawson spent much of his offseason recovering from a severe sprain and "minor bone damage" in his left ankle. It's unclear if he tweaked the ankle or merely sat out the end of practice as a precaution, but fantasy owners should monitor his health closely with the regular season approaching.
    Oct 12, 1:23 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki will play Sunday vs. Pacers
    Dirk Nowitzki will play Sunday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Nowitzki was dealing with a hip contusion, but his return for a preseason game tells us that it will be a non-issue moving forward. Nowitzki will have his minutes limited this season, and the offseason acquisition of Chandler Parsons will help ease the burden for Dirk on offense. We're expecting a minor dip in Dirk's production this year, but he still profiles as a solid late-second, early-third round selection in standard leagues.
    Oct 12, 10:23 am
  • Will Bynum (hamstring) out Sunday vs. Wizards
    Will Bynum (hamstring) will not play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Will Bynum is targeting a return for Friday's game vs. Orlando. Bynum will enter the 2014-15 season as the team's third-string point guard behind Brandon Jennings and D.J. Augustin, and he's not someone that should be targeted in most leagues.
    Oct 12, 9:19 am
  • Russell Westbrook set to carry OKC's offense
    With news that Kevin Durant will be sidelined a minimum of 6-8 weeks, Russell Westbrook is primed for a monster start to the season.

    Advice: Westbrook's usage rate with Kevin Durant on the bench last year was 44.6, so while the turnovers might border on ridiculous, he's going to be huge to start the 2014-15 season. You can go ahead and slide Westbrook up on your draft boards, as he'll be worthy of a top-8 selection in 8-cat leagues.
    Oct 12, 8:20 am
  • Brandon Rush says knee is feeling pretty good
    Brandon Rush stated during a recent interview that his knee is feeling "pretty good."

    Advice: "It’s feeling pretty good, no swelling, no soreness. Everything feels pretty good," said Rush. Rush is a solid defender, and a terrific shooter from beyond the arc, however he's not likely to average enough minutes for standard league consideration. Feel free to ignore Rush come draft day.
    Oct 12, 7:23 am
  • Jose Calderon scores nine in Knicks win
    Jose Calderon played 21 minutes and hit 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to nine points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Calderon isn't a flashy fantasy pick, but he's highly efficient, has a great assist-to-turnover ratio and will be an effective point guard. Once the big names are off the board, Calderon is worth a look if you need a point guard, but his injury history is a little bothersome.
    Oct 11, 7:09 pm
  • Festus Ezeli (shin) plays in 5-on-0 drills
    Festus Ezeli (shin) participated in 5-on-0 drills on Saturday.

    Advice: He has battled many injuries early on his career so all the Warriors can hope for is that he can provide Andrew Bogut with some relief minutes this season. Ezeli is not worth drafting in any format.
    Oct 11, 1:48 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) misses practice
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not play on Friday and is hopeful to get back on the practice court on Sunday. Muhammad really slimmed down this summer and he knows he has an opportunity this season, but he's still not worth drafting in most leagues.
    Oct 11, 11:02 am
  • Anthony Bennett looks good in preseason
    Anthony Bennett's play was encouraging on Friday as he tallied 13 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes of work against Philadelphia.

    Advice: Bennett missed the first preseason game with a strained hip flexor but looked good on Friday. After a dreadful rookie campaign, Bennett will try to get his career back on track in Minnesota. He will likely come off the bench but he could be a low end fantasy option if he gets the minutes.
    Oct 11, 6:22 am
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